The Caucasian Helix Snail (Helix lucorum) is also called the Garden Snail or Turkish Snail. A helix is a spiral, and lucorum is a forest or woodland.
The Caucasian Helix is an invertebrate mollusk, which means that it does not have a backbone.
It is also a gastropod. Gastropod means stomach foot.
The Caucasian Helix Snail grows to about 25-45 millimetres (1-2 inches) tall. It lays small eggs, which hatch into juvenile snails.
It eats leaves, bark, decomposing food. It is a detritus feeder. Detritus means food waste or rotting organic matter.
The Caucasian Helix is common and lives near limestone rocks in humid conditions. It does not like mountain forests, sub-alpine areas or dry lowlands.
The Caucasian Helix is found in the Caucasus, which are countries such as Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, southern Russia, northeastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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